Bishops Details

Most Rev. Nicholas Chia, DD



St Theresa’s Home 49
Upper Thomson Road
Singapore 574325

Contact Details

Telephone : (65) 6256 2532
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Brief History

Nicholas Gerald Chia Yeck Joo was the third Roman Catholic Archbishop of Singapore and the first Singapore-born clergyman to hold the office.

Early Life
Archbishop Leow was born on 8 April 1938, in Singapore. He was educated at both Montfort Junior and Secondary schools.

Archbishop Chia received his Episcopal Consecration on 7 October 2001 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. His consecration was attended by the President of the Republic of Singapore, Mr S. R. Nathan, state dignitaries, sixteen bishops, one hundred and ninety priests and an estimated 11,000 Roman Catholics, together with representatives of the major religions in Singapore.

His Principal Consecrator was Archbishop Adriano Bernardini, and the Principal Co-Consecrators were Archbishops Gregory Yong Sooi Ngean and Anthony Soter Fernandez.

The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd was formerly the seat of Archbishop Chia before retiring and the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore.

Appointment as Archbishop
Prior to his appointment as Archbishop, Archbishop Chia was the Parish Priest to the Church of the Holy Cross. When Archbishop Gregory Yong retired, Pope John Paul II appointed Archbishop Chia to the office, other candidates for the office were current Vicar General Monsignor Eugene Vaz and then Rector of St Francis Xavier Major Seminary, Fr. Anthony Ho who has since retired.

Archbishop Chia reached the retirement age of 75 in 2013 and submitted his resignation to the Holy See. His resignation was accepted by Pope Francis at noon Rome time, 18 May 2013, Singapore 6pm. He is succeeded by Archbishop William Goh.

The archdiocese website reported that the Emeritus recently had a bad fall at his retirement home, sustained head injuries and was warded in the republic's catholic hospital Mount Alvernia Hospital where he is cared for by a team of more than five top notch doctors.

He officially retired as Archbishop of Singapore on 18 May 2013, and is succeeded by Archbishop William Goh.


  • Total population : 5,312,400
  • Catholic population : 303,000
  • Parishes : 31
  • Diocesan Priests : 71
  • Religious Priests : 71
  • Religious Brothers : 35
  • Religious Sisters : 166
  • Candidates for the Priesthood: Philosophy Students : 4
  • Theology Students : 8
  • Baptisms (7 years and above) : 1,527
  • Infant baptisms (below 7 yrs) : 1,994
  • Catechumens : 895
  • Charitable and Social Marriages : 18
  • (a) between Catholics (baptized) : 405
  • (b) between a Catholic and non-Catholic : 572